Readers Poll: The Greatest Bruce Springsteen SongsSelections include 'Born To Run,' 'Rosalita' and 'Atlantic City'
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9. 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'
The title track to 1978s Darkness On The Edge Of Town remains one of Springsteen's most powerful statements. He's performed it solo acoustic, with various incarnations of the E Street Band and even with the "Other Band" in 1992/93 – but for our money the definitive version was cut under two years ago at Asbury Park's Paramount Theater. Shortly after the Working On a Dream Tour ended in late 2009, Springsteen and the members of the E Street Band who played on the original (with Charlie Giordano subbing for the late Danny Federici) convened at theater to play Darkness On the Edge of Town straight through for a DVD shoot. It culminated with this fiery rendition of the song. By the end, the veins in Bruce's head seem to be on the verge of exploding.